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Most anglers aren't thinking about ice fishing since warm temperatures have produced historically early ice out dates. However, protecting items during storage like the Vexilar flasher in the lower left corner of the photo will ensure easy access to ice next season. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Time to prepare for next year's ice

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With the recent warm temperatures, people aren't necessarily thinking about ice fishing. Oddly enough, you should.

Though nobody will embark on an ice-covered lake again until late next fall, it's time to prepare for ice arrival.


Yes, it might sound strange but preparation for ice will make everything much easier once the summer and fall has passed and the ice once again forms its solid sheath over-top the lakes.

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